Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race
This Lamborghini was among 13 high-end cars impounded by Canadian police.
September 2nd, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race

This could be the plot for a movie, "Fast and Furious Canada," or maybe "Fast and Furious, the Young and the Rich."

Police in British Columbia say they impounded $2 million worth of high-end vehicles this week after witnesses reported the 13 cars racing on a metro Vancouver highway at speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).

The high-end race cars included a Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release.

Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race, witnesses told the RCMP.

"These drivers seemed to be looking for attention. Well, they definitely got the attention of police," Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service, said in the press release.

What the racers, who police said are all under age 21, won't get is harsh punishment.

"Each driver will be charged with Driving without Reasonable Consideration and receive a violation ticket with a specified penalty of $196. Additionally, these drivers will be responsible for all associated towing and storage charges," according to the RCMP press release.

That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts. They weren't caught on radar, video or seen by a police officer, Superintendent Norm Gaumont, RCMP officer in charge of traffic enforcement for the Lower Mainland, told the Surrey Now newspaper.

"I know there's a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. They fact of the matter is, we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we're able to prove," Surrey Now quoted Gaumont as saying. "That's why we've charged them with driving without due consideration for the public."

If police were able to charge the 13 drivers with more severe offenses, they could have faced forfeiture of their vehicles, according to a Vancouver Sun report.

The RCMP said most of the drivers were operating their vehicles on "N" class licenses, which means they had not yet attained full driving privileges. Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car they were driving, Gaumont told Surrey Now.

The drivers included 12 men and one woman, according to Surrey Now. Gaumont told the paper they were on their way to have a meal when they decided to race.

According to the Sun, the vehicles were:

  • 2007 Ferrari 599
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Audi R8
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2011 Mercedes SL63
  • 2011 Mercedes SLS
  • 2005 Aston Martin DB9
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  1. Chris

    Most of these guys can't even speak English properly. I bet half of them don't even have enough education to read the street signs. (shaking my head) Why did Canada bring these idiots and their families into the country again?

    September 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake T

      You my friend, are an uneducated idiot who's oblivious to the ethics of today's society.

      September 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Weren't you paying attention when the driving school scandal broke? Do you think it is "all fixed"? Exactly.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    What a joke...they probably spent more on gas

    September 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Me

    Just found this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3B_IWomv8

    The guys is blabbering about "enthusiastic owners" and "[club] arranges social events" – I guess this was such an "social event"?

    September 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. P.Ha

    I have a 2011 Audi R8 too and i didn't get to go that fast yet. Kinda sux.

    September 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • P.Ha

      Oh, and i bought it for myself too and I'm only 24 yrs old.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC...Anonymous

      stop bragging loser

      September 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sagebrush Shorty

    Crush the vehicles.

    September 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shawn

    damm why didnt they crushem with a monster truck as punishment

    September 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. You are missing the point

    You all are missing the point. These guys blocked off the traffic (smart way to not get caught and safe way to keep the average Joe Racer in his minivan from joining the party) They used a open highway as a racetrack, just like a GrandPrix race. So what? You play you pay, these cars can stop from 200 kph (120 mph) faster that any standard car, acelerate to 100 kmh (60 mph) in less than 3.2 seconds with lateral 1+G force. They know the risk and drive those cars between 120-170 mph on a regular basis. A buck twenty mph is third gear with three gears to go. Hail the rich (stop the race card crap) who have the toys. The old saying is "He who dies with the most toys wins and the faster the toy, the further up the line you be at Heaven's gates when it is your time. By the way, I love my Yellow 2010 ZR1, and for those of you who drive in the left lane at 100-110 kmh, move over and get out of my way I am looking for the guy in the Ferrari 559 so I can eat his lunch.

    September 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fatbat

      No points were missed. All drivers were under the age of 21 and on N permits. They don't "know" the risks. They barely understand the concept of their own mortality let alone a pedestrian's. They're a bunch of rich pampered selfish a holes who broke numerous laws and put the public at risk so they could "play with their toys". The only thing they deserve is having the vehicles confiscated and 3 months in jail. If they killed someone, which isn't unheard of in racing, then it should be life in prison.

      September 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Blocking traffic from behind? That makes no sense. When you're driving 200kph the cars you have to worry about are the ones in front of you going 100kph. It was the complete opposite of safe.

      September 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hede hodo

    caught going 200 kmh with a lamborghini??? hahah an european kid can go this fast with an opel corsa 🙂

    September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. El Camino Grrl

    Two Words: Police Auction. 😉

    September 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Raph

    I'm a Canadian living in Germany. I frequently drive at speeds over 160 – 200 Km/hr, and occasionally at the maximum speed of my car of 245 Km/hr. Of course, without blocking traffic. 😉

    September 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jake T

    The owner of the 2009 R8 is a great friend of mine. We did a summer business program at USC together. These guys do car cruises to dinners or events regularly. They do sometime push the limits a little but not as much as these articles are suggesting they do. They bring the heat on closed circuits. My buddy with the R8 is an entrepreneur who started a business doing custom decaling on electronics and cars. He works hard and makes loads of money doing it. So don't be so quick to judge. Most of these guys are hard-working car enthusiasts who have a passion and live it. I don't understand why the racial slurs are radiating around this story. Stop the stereotyping, hate, and jealousy. And by the way, if you want a way to contact any of these guys, just hit up SR AUTO GROUP. They basically run the club and do all of the customizations/tune-ups.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      Well said

      September 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robb D

      ...ditto

      September 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nam Nam Sillybang

      I can't even try to understand what being hardworking has to do with anything.

      They were acting like selfish, irresponsible children: "Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race"

      If they are rich enough to afford those cars and they are connected as a group, then build a fricken race track.

      Young people have NO sense of consideration nor responsibility to other. It's pathetic. BTW I am hardworking too, but manage not to endanger others when NOT working.

      September 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So if you work hard, it's okay to completely ignore the laws that the rest of society, on the whole, observes? Do those people who obey the speed limit not work hard enough to have the privilege to block traffic and tear down the highway?

      September 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • kaneda

      Tell him to it to the track!!

      September 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • seth

      was your friend the one that actual has his car in his name, or is it daddy's. kinda confused how if they are so rich why the cars arent in their name....

      September 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well Jake since you vouch for them then I guess they're OK.

      And who exactly are you again?

      September 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe Chait

      Oh, he's a great friend of yours. Well, that makes everything okay. So if they smashed into somebody and killed him or killed one of their own, that's okay, too. Just how old are you? 16? 17? You and your dumba*s pals need a lesson in public safety. You should all be forced to go to boot camp for 30 days and your cars confiscated. Oh, right... they weren't even your cars. In that case, you should be charged with theft. If you could be charged with stupidity, they'd probably hang you.

      September 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake T

      First of all, the reason why I say hardworking is to shut up all of the oblivious people commenting on this story with things such as "daddy's money" and "they're so spoiled". Second of all, I don't believe that going at those speeds is ok at all. But at the same time, not one person was clocked or caught on a security camera going at excessive speeds. They got three calls. 200kph is the equivalent to 124mph. These young adults spend most of their time at the track and I have pictures and videos to prove it. Nam Nam: it's a little much for you to say "Young people have NO sense of consideration nor responsibility to others". The only thing that's pathetic is you generalizing half of your nation over one headline. And for the record, my friend Matt, IS the one person who's car is registered under his name. Don't assume things, assuming will get you nowhere in life. I don't think there's anything more to be said here.

      September 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake T

      And to Roscoe: I live in Dallas, Texas. I drive a $26,000 mustang which I paid for myself via stocks and my entrepreneurial skills. And I spend half of my time doing community service for local charities. I abide by speed limits. You should probably take your trolling somewhere else.

      September 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cann

    Who is this loser with 2005 Aston Martin DB9...? 2005? Dude, seriously, you should get rid of that junk... lol!

    September 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mo

    I laugh at the argument that the GT-R belongs because it's just as fast or faster than some of these cars. You people obviously don't understand "class" in regards to cars. There's Corvettes and Mustangs that can beat these Italian/German supercars as well. Still doesn't mean they're in the same level.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. crockpot

    There's nothing wrong with a little street racing. It's been around a lot longer than the cops that busted them, no doubt.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sid

    well that's about all Kyle Busch got for doing 127 in an LFA & he actually got clocked!

    September 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neel

      Its and LFA though it is a beut

      September 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • seth

      at least he actual lost his license for a period of time.

      September 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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